Have you installed alacarte? That one is quite handy if you want/need to edit your menu entries. And yes, you're right, sometimes applications do not get picked up. Ironically, sometimes even the menu editor (alacarte) will not appear on the menus. In that case, you can call it by simply typing alacarte into a terminal, then you can add it to the menu by selecting the desired category on the left and selecting "new item". Fill out the name and supply the command to launch the application in question: for example, /usr/bin/alacarte for alacarte. If you need to know which command is needed, simply use the terminal and type:
and this will show you the path to the application - which is also the command to launch it.
As for adding movies or other media to the menu (was that it?), I do think it is possible. I seem to remember that I managed to do this on one occasion but I have forgotten how. I guess by specifying a "double" command: first the application to launch, a space, then the file that needs to be played. Have a try and see whether that is correct.
Edit: I just gave it a try using mplayer and a video clip and got it right at once. So it does work. On the downside, it did not launch the mplayer control panel, only the clip.
Last edited by jay73; 05-03-2007 at 02:54 PM.